What we say...
A bigger footprint has allowed Callaway’s engineers to create their highest MOI, low centre of gravity and highest COR (spring face) fairway wood. There’s a thin crown, hotter Hyper Speed Cup Face and a more aerodynamic head shape for ultimate ball speed.
Callaway promise aerodynamics with the XR 16 and it certainly delivered by posting the joint highest average club speed and two of the three quickest single club speeds of all the fairway’s tested. We really liked the laser pattern that Callaway use to highlight the centre of the face, it focuses attention brilliantly behind the ball. The XR 16 isn’t only quick either, with just 3.5mph of drop off between centre and off centre strikes it’s got to be said its also very stable and forgiving too. The head sits really square at address and we reckon the size delivers a great blend of versatility from different situations and good playability thanks to its stability.
All in all a very good fairway with a face depth that’s just as useful from the tee as it is the fairway. Thanks to the forgiveness you don’t need to be the worlds best ball striker to get a decent performance from such a well-engineered head.
2016 Callaway XR 16 Fairway Review